EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon defeated No. 3 Arizona 64-57 yesterday for its seventh straight victory. The Ducks greatly improved their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats had already clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title heading into the conference tournament in Las Vegas. Oregon's six-game winning streak put them back in the conversation for a possible NCAA tournament bid.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A Seattle Mariners split squad routed the San Francisco Giants 18-3 yesterday. Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez earned his second victory in his third start of the spring by giving up one hit and walking one while striking out four. The Mariners scored four times in the first and added five more runs in the third.
SEATTLE (AP) — Chad Barrett scored off a wild scramble in the penalty area in the final moments of second half-stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City yesterday in the Major League Soccer opener. Seattle shocked Kansas City with a goal in stoppage time for the fifth time in the past eight matches.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first musher in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has reached the west coast of Alaska. Aliy Zirkle (AL'-ee ZUR'-kahl) pulled into Unalakleet (YOO'-nah-lah-kleet) at 4:39 p.m. yesterday after a 90-mile run from Kaltag. She had left the Yukon River community with a 2-hour, 16-minute lead over four-time champion Martin Buser (BOO-zer). The 44-year-old Zirkle of Two Rivers, Alaska, has been Iditarod runner-up for the last two years.